Horrific winds in late February blew the cover off the hoop house. I managed to save it before it either blew away or blew to shreds. Since our nighttime temps have only dipped down to freezing since then, I haven't put the cover back on.
What's growing in there?
|This bed supplied us with arugula all winter. I've left a few plants to go|
to seed. The rest of the bed has been planted with New Zealand spinach.
|The cabbages are finally making proper heads. Mostly I've been|
harvesting outer leaves for salads & to feed the goats & pigs.
|In between the arugula & cabbage beds, I've planted more lettuce. My|
problem is that the cats seem to think they are custom made litter boxes.
|Lettuce and radishes planted early in winter and ready to eat. I'll plant |
more radishes in the bare row & mulch the rest. Daffodil is a volunteer.
|These are kale and Swiss Chard plants that I transplanted last|
fall. They too have been providing leaves for salads and goats.
|The spinach bed has provided wonderful salads.|
|This huge pot contains miners lettuce or claytonia. I probably should|
have planted it earlier. It's supposed to be a good cold weather provider.
Outside the hoop house -
|My cabbage-collards are beginning to form heads. I wish I had a|
bunch more of these but we had poor germination last fall.
I've started harvesting the remainder of the winter root crops.
|Carrots were first, leaving the garlic to finish maturing.|
My root veggies are starting to grow root hairs, which indicates an impending growth spurt. When that happens the roots aren't so good to eat. So over the next several days I'm harvesting carrots, turnips, Jerusalem artichokes, and parsnips.
|Turnips are next.|
Summer plans? I'm thinking to get some shade cloth for the hoop house to extend my lettuce harvest. Also I'd like to put up cattle panels for another hoop house and use that as a trellis this summer. Next fall we can plant it with more cool weather crops.
Who else is itching to get their fingers in the dirt? Planting season can't get here fast enough.